Monmouth, IL -- The Beloit College Football did everything they could do to upend 27th-ranked Monmouth College on Saturday afternoon but came up short in a 63-41 loss to the Fighting Scots.
The slugfest began midway through the opening quarter when Dillon Hess scored on a ten-yard run at the 7:01 mark. MC got on the board at 5:16 but the kick failed and Beloit led 7-6. Monmouth then grabbed the lead at 13-7 on a 12-yard run with two minutes left in the quarter before the Buccaneers re-took the lead in the final minute of the quarter on a 12-yard Derek Carrier run.
The Scots jumped back on top five seconds into the second quarter on a 20-yard scoring pass and then made it 28-14 on a 47-yard pass for a TD and a two-point run for the conversion. The Bucs cut the deficit to 28-21 with 43 seconds left in the half on a nine-yard pass from Brian Maughn to Carrier.
The third quarter featured six touchdowns. Monmouth got a 35-pass for a TD at 13:17 to stretch their lead but Bryan Fayer caught a 20-yard pass from Maughn three minutes later to bring the lead back to a TD. A seven-yard run by MC at 7:50 pushed it back up two two scores but Beloit responded with a two-yard run by Terence Steward. But the conversion run failed to make it 42-34.
MC then started to build on their advantage as the quarter came to a close, scoring on a 47 and 11-yard run in the final four minutes to lead 56-34 heading to the fourth.
Steward scored from three yards out at 10:03 of the final quarter to make it 56-41 before a 27-yard scoring pass accounted for the final scoring of the day.
The two teams combined for 1,036 yards in the game.
Steward finished with 149 yards rushing while Maughn had 210 yards passing. Carrier caught seven passes for 129 yards. Kenny Williams had 101 yards on six kick returns.
On defense, Zach Bock led the team with nine tackles while Derrell Carter, Williams and Vince Salucci each had seven tackles. Carter's seven stops included two tackles for loss and he also recovered a fumble and returned it 21 yards. Calago Hipps grabbed his first career interception in the second quarter.
The Buccaneers return to Strong Stadium for the final time this season next Saturday when they host Lawrence University for Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.